Ways to Get Involved

Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National wildlife refuges provide many opportunities for you to help your community and fish and wildlife by doing what you love.

National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of urban and coastal communities to make a lasting difference. Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying.

Volunteers: Gain new experiences and meet new people while helping to advance wildlife conservation.
Friends Group: Join neighbors in supporting your local refuge through service and advocacy.
Youth: Explore paid and unpaid opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills.

2023 Youth Conservation Corps Program

YCC crew installing a sign at Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is offering Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) positions for young people ages 15 to 18 during the summer months in 2023.  This year’s YCC program will last 8 weeks, starting on June 5 and continuing until July 28, 2023.  YCC recruits work 40 hours a week, 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day, and are paid minimum wage.  They must be a permanent resident of the United States, its territories or possessions, and be able to provide their own transportation to work.  The refuge plans to hire six (6) young people for this program.

Click here to download the Youth Conservation Corps Information Letter

To Apply:  Fill out the Youth Conservation Corps application below and return it to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge either by mail or email. Applications must be received or postmarked by April 14, 2023.  Applications postmarked after that date will not be considered. Random drawing will be held on April 21, 2023.

Click here to download the Youth Conservation Corps Application

Mailing Address:
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
ATTN: Monica Harris
694 Beech Hill Lane
Hardeeville, SC 29927

Email Address:  savannahcoastal@fws.gov

For more information please contact Russ Webb at (912) 660-9054 or Monica Harris at (912) 313-1365.


Front desk volunteer assists visitors at Savannah NWR

Volunteers are involved in all aspects of Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, and play a critical role in helping the refuge fulfill its mission. Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of activities, including staffing the information desk at the Visitor Center and the Friends of Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges Gator Hole Bookstore, as well as assisting with environmental education programs, special events, trail and facility maintenance, interpretive programs, gardening, outreach, and much more. Whether you can work once a week, once a month, or once a year, your service is welcomed and needed!

The refuge also has two RV pads with full hook-ups where we host resident volunteers (RV).  RV volunteers live on the refuge in their own RV or camper for a minimum of 3 months (max 6 months) and work 24 hours per week in exchange for their lodging.  We typically announce opportunities for these positions on Volunteer.gov, but interested volunteers are welcome to contact us directly as well to check on availability.

If you are interested in becoming a Savannah NWR volunteer, please contact Amy Ochoa at Amy_Ochoa@fws.gov.